Leading in Public Prayer

Leading in Public Prayer

“Oh, Lord, as you read today in the Courier-Journal…”  That’s how one worship leader began a prayer in our seminary chapel.  The prayer created quite a discussion among all the young theologues on campus.  The one thing no one doubted was that God knew about the event...
Tantalus, the Search for Perfection, and Grace

Tantalus, the Search for Perfection, and Grace

My education in preaching aligns with the tradition of excellence in manuscripts.  It is the tradition of the crafted phrase and the choice of the perfect word at the perfect time.  It is the tradition which includes Fosdick, Buttrick, and Claypool.  After using an...
It’s Not Just A Sermon

It’s Not Just A Sermon

Most ministers, particularly those who have studied to be pastors, took at least one course in seminary on preaching.  That class time covered using the Bible, sermon structure, and delivery.  A few hours of these classes also discussed how to plan...
Necessary Leaders

Necessary Leaders

I have known dozens of churches well.  Some I served; some were served by colleagues.  Others were neighboring congregations.  A few of these churches handled difficulties well.  They took the initiative to deal with problems in the earliest stages.  They set...
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate: Part 2

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate: Part 2

In part one of this two-part column, I wrote that healthy churches give considerable attention to a full process of communication that includes: quality of decisions, quantity of messages, accuracy of information, and consistency of practice.  In part two, I will...